CAN anyone beat the Blacktown Spartans FC?
They remain at the top of the IGA NPL NSW men's first-division table unbeaten after seven rounds following a 3-0 win against South Coast Wolves.
No such luck for Blacktown City FC, who suffered a 1-0 loss against Sydney Olympic.
A blustery day welcomed the competition leaders to Wollongong.
Wolves goalkeeper Daniel Collison was alert to the threat of Corey Biczo in the second minute.
Spartans goalkeeper Carlos Saliadarre needed quick reactions to send a Nathan Nathaniel effort over the bar from almost point-blank range, further increasing his credentials as a possible A-League keeper.
Immediately, his side went up the other end and from another cross from the left Gullo slotted home to give the visitors the lead in the 27th minute.
Biczo added the Spartans' second two minutes. Substitute Zach Freeburn scored in the 83rd minute to put the result beyond doubt.
It was a great win for the Spartans who made headlines last Wednesday after they were knocked out of the Waratah Cup by second-division side Northern Tigers. The 4-1 loss ended their hope for playing in the inaugural Football Federation Cup. "We had to battle for the win today — the pitch made it hard as it's quite bobbly and we probably should've put away a few more chances," said Spartans coach Ben De Haan said. "We should've capitalised on a couple of headers, plenty of corners and set-plays perhaps but it's a 3-0 win and we'll settle for that. We didn't get out of second gear but we battled well and deserved the three points. They made it hard for us."
The Spartans host St George FC at Blacktown Football Park on Saturday. Blacktown City FC are away to Rockdale City Suns on Sunday.